Category Archives: Christmas

A Few Moments at the Manger – A Christmas Eve Sermon/Monologue

  (A podcast of this sermon is available here.) Worship Assistant: A few days ago, one of Pastor Dave’s Facebook Friends posted a clip from a 1980 television special called “Mr. Krueger’s Christmas.” In the program, Mr. Krueger, played by … Continue reading

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“Fear Not” – The Angels’ Prescription for the (White) American Church

This time of year we sing “Joy to the World.” But if we’re honest, we’ll acknowledge that too often what we bring to the world is fear. The Washington Post published a prescient article this week by Charles Mathewes, a professor of … Continue reading

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The Celebration of Christ’s Birth Asks for Divorce

Dear Secular Christmas, It’s time for a divorce. Time for Secular Christmas and The Celebration of Christ’s Birth to make a clean break. We have tried so hard to make this marriage work. But this is no longer a partnership. … Continue reading

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Making the Devil Mad (or something like that)

The funeral last week celebrated the life of a dear 84-year old woman who I will especially miss because she lived on the route I take daily to walk my dogs.  Before it got too cold in the past few … Continue reading

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“The Force Awakens” – A Christmas (Eve) Sermon

(You can listen to a podcast of this message here.  The telling of the Christmas Gospel on which it is based, Luke 2:1-20, can be heard here.) If the Star Wars universe was Lutheran, every time someone said, “May the … Continue reading

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Joseph Did You Know?

It was a wonderful half hour. It happened on the day my daughter, Autumn, was born.  She emerged into the world through a C-Section, and after the doctor was done with the delivery, and the nurses were through weighing her and … Continue reading

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How Is Jesus Like a Lump of Coal?

It’s Countdown to Christmas Time, and that means the sneaky spooky spying Elf on the Shelf is back. Like a member of the North Korean Secret Police, the little informer keeps tabs on folks and reports back to the Dear … Continue reading

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